Are you renting? You may be entitled to huurtoeslag (Rent Allowance in the Netherlands)!

So you’re renting in the Netherlands and you’re struggling? A lot of us know what that feels like, we’ve moaned enough here at DutchReview about crazy rental prices and the housing shortage. But what about rent allowance in the Netherlands?

RENTING…IS…SO…STRESSFUL…

Well there’s no need to struggle anymore. You may be entitled to rent allowance in the Netherlands (huurtoeslag), which will help you with your rent cost! If you are a low-middle income earner, there is a government contribution that will help with rent (as rent is so friggin expensive here).

What are the conditions of rent allowance in the Netherlands?

You (or your fiscal partner) must be:

  • 18 or over
  • Renting independent accommodation, with signed agreement with a landlord
  • Certain that your income is not too high
  • Registered to the rented property
  • Living in self-sufficient accommodation
  • A nationality in EU or EEA or valid residence or work permit

Can expats be entitled to rent allowance/benefit?

Yes! Anybody legally registered in the country is entitled as long as they fit certain criteria. Unfortunately, this most of the time does not include international students (sorry guys, I don’t make the rules, I know you struggle too).

Most of this has to do that you need to have your own front door or specific address to be able to get rent benefits in the Netherlands, so student houses are excepted from that.

rent benefit in the Netherlands
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What are the income limits for rent allowance in the Netherlands?

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If you are between the ages of 18-22 years old:

Single household – 

  • Income (annually) below €22.400
  • Monthly rent between €225,08 – €417,34
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000

With a fiscal partner – 

  • Income combined (annually) below €30.400
  • Monthly rent between €225,08 – €417,34 (if your partner is older than 23, or you have a child this rises to €710,68)
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000 pp

If you are 23 years old or high (till retirement age):

Single household – 

  • Income (annually) below €22.400
  • Monthly rent between €225,08 – €710,68
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000

With a fiscal partner –

  • Income combined (annually) below €30.400
  • Monthly rent between €225,08 – €710,68
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000 pp

If you are of retirement age:

Single household – 

  • Income (annually) below €22.375
  • Monthly rent between €223,26 – €710,68
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000

With a fiscal partner –

  • Income combined (annually) below €30.400
  • Monthly rent between €221,45 – €710,68
  • Your savings/investments no higher than €30.000 pp
Rent Allowance in the Netherlands
Little (or big in this case) Mittens is happy with a cardboard house anyways

How do I apply for the rent benefit in the Netherlands?

If you are wanting to apply for rent subsidy in the Netherlands, then you need to go on the government website – BelastingdienstFrom there you can apply for your rent allowance. You need a DigiD to do this, so if you are without one, don’t forget to apply for one (it’s a must-have here anyway). Let’s not get me started on the difficulty of actually getting a DigiD though, that rant is for another article.

If you’re looking for a quick way to see if you’ll qualify and how much for, then here is a test calculation. Some rental places also can tell you beforehand if you’re eligible before you even rent the property, so it’s worth checking anyway.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Very interesting article. The rent allowance takes into account the basic rent and servicekosten. Which costs are considered servicekosten? For instance, furniture, gas, water, light, internet and taxes?

  2. Are international students outside the EU eligible to apply for the huurtoeslag? there are several students who applied for this rent subsidy but when they stayed in the Netherlands after their studies, they have being requested to pay back the amount they had received. Can you please send me a link to a document which clearly indicates who has the right to apply for the rent subsidy.

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